Here’s how the garter toss all started. Way back in medieval Europe, people used garters for really, really practical purposes: as in, to keep their socks up. Everybody wore garters, guys included. When it came time for fancy occasions, like a wedding for instance, the fancier the garter. Especially the garter of the bride.
Now for the racy part. As the wedding ended, chaos usually ensued. The groom would be trying to get the bride to the bedchamber to consummate the marriage (ahem) and the guests would be clamoring for evidence that it had happened (privacy, please!) and people would start tearing at the bride’s clothes, thinking it would bring them that evidence, or at least good luck (good grief).
Not the most romantic idea of a wedding night, is it?
After a few hundred years of brides with torn wedding gowns and falling-down socks, wedding couples started to get smart. Either the bride would toss her garter to the crowd to distract them while she and the groom ran away to the safety of their room, or the groom would have obtained the bride’s garter in plenty of time to toss it himself.
Fast-forward some centuries and here we are – with beautiful keepsake garters that match our wedding gowns and the fun little tradition of a (fairly calm, we hope) throwing of a “toss” garter to unmarried men.
You can do this any way you want – before the bouquet toss, after the bouquet toss, with a big production of the groom removing the garter in front of everybody (grandma included, remember), discreetly just showing up with it ready to fling…anything that’s fun and comfortable for you. We’ve even seen couples auction off the garter to the highest-bidding guy.
The lesson in all this? If you’ve fallen in love with your garter, be sure to buy an inexpensive “toss” garter to throw to the men (think about this cute number, available in a ton of colors and just $7.95). And even if you’re not interested in the garter toss, knowing what you now know, still be sure to have that little frilly band of fabric under your gown for your – and your groom’s – eyes only! Here are some of our garter faves…
1. Feathered Fantasy Wedding Garter – so fancy!
2. Key To Love Wedding Garter Set – this includes a toss garter
3. Zebra Wedding Garter – go a little wild!
What’s your choice? Will you have a garter toss? Let us know in a comment on this post or start up a conversation on Facebook!